What, Me Worry?


Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side – Hitler


 

Yes, I confess, Mad Magazine was just about the only sustained intellectual cultivation I received as a youth — hey, I’m a product of both the US Public School System and “The Eighties” so don’t blame me.

 
But what is going on with all this spoofing and mocking of news, i.e.*, “fake news” stuff is reminiscent of not only Mad Magazine in its hilarious and spot-on spoofing and satirical mocking of any and all things sacred regarding U.S. politics and culture back in the day (and by “back in the day” I mean “The Eighties” of course), but its also reminiscent of how just about every autocrat in modern history would discredit and mock any viable public discourse and opposition regarding their dictatorial pursuits, which, of course, is not quite as hilarious as the first reminiscent example.

Listen, at this rate [of our collective stupidity] our Autocrat-elect Donald Trump Drumpf won’t have to bother with all the effort of personally grinding our First Amendment rights under his gold-plated heel as he strives to consolidate absolute power absolutely…

We will have already done that autocratic work for him by our falling for what has become this “all news is fake news” conspiracy, which, of course** will destroy completely what little is left of any credibility and power our national news organizations will have to restrain and/or hold our Dear Leader-in-waiting Drumpf accountable for his autocratic strivings.

I mean, c’mon on, People…

Putin is now lecturing us about the dangers of spreading fake news to undermine Drumpf’s presidency when he, Putin, currently the world’s foremost autocrat, is the one responsible for most of the fake news mills out there that generated all the fake news that so many Drumpf supporters blindly and happily glommed onto in their blind and happy support for Drumpf!!!

Sheesh…

Yes, I am quite beside myself about all of this fake news BS and, while I’m not a betting man, if I had to bet I would bet that this probably won’t be the last you hear of it here.

And that’s no joke***…

#whysodummurica

 
*No matter how many times you tell me, I’ll never remember the difference between i.e. and e.g…
**Of course I realize I’m redundantly using the “of course” expression to a painful extreme but that’s what happens when one is so very certain of one’s uncertain future…
***Lame ending, I know; but I couldn’t come up with anything good while using the word “fake”…

 

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2 Replies to “What, Me Worry?”

  1. Dude, check out the New Yorker article featured today, feb.18 ‘Inside Trump’s Surreal News Conference’ [more or less] a hoot!
    the back stage view of the reporters’ reeling in shock at each wave of Trump rebuttals, intimidations, dodges, bluffs. Cool your heels in that cocktail and you’ll live another day.
    keep joggin’!

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